Professional Forest Management

Oregon is a national leader in professional forest management.

In 1971, Oregon became the first state in the nation to pass a set of forest practice laws to safeguard water, fish and wildlife habitat called the Oregon Forest Practices Act. The laws govern everything from building and maintaining forest roads, to harvest activities and reforestation requirements.

Timber industry and environmental groups are working together.

The rules have been updated more than 40 times with guidance from professional foresters and scientific experts. Recently, the timber industry and environmental groups signed an agreement called the Private Forest Accord that includes the most comprehensive changes to Oregon’s forestry regulations in 50 years and makes Oregon’s rules the most modern and technologically advanced of any state.

New rules keep water clean and cold.

The Accord increases water quality protections and habitat for aquatic species that call Oregon home, while providing operational certainty for Oregon’s cornerstone industry and ensuring economic security for rural communities. The changes cover everything from increased no-harvest zones next to streams for shade and water filtration, to forest road upgrades that improve fish migration upstream, to state-of-the-art computer modeling of landslide-prone hillsides, to millions of dollars of state and private sector investment for creation of wildlife habitat.

We’re focused on actively and sustainably managing our forests in Oregon.

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Wildfire Prevention

Protecting human lives, property, and timber-producing forest

Cold Clean Water

Oregon’s forests produce the highest quality water in the state


Supporting communities and the environment

Carbon Solutions and Climate Change

Working forests are key in the fight against climate change

Community Jobs

Offering a career path and future for everyone

Professional Forest Management

Forest practice laws safeguard water, fish and wildlife

Wildlife in Managed Forests

Different forest types create and maintain wildlife habitats

Renewable Building Materials

Oregon has the same amount of forestland now as 100 years ago